Here’s a quick wrap up of some interesting psych articles, blogs and more. Also included is a quick link to this week’s TBL blog post just in case you missed it!

This Bipolar Life: A Lifelong Affair?

Do I want to be better? Yes, but I am fine if “better” doesn’t come in the form of a cure. I’m perfectly okay if it comes out of a bottle of pills and the help of a good therapist along with a great circle of support and a fantastic psychiatrist.

It’s time to change our thinking about those with mental illness (Seattle Times)

Kate Vrijmoet’s recent exhibit and discussion forums at Seattle City Hall, called “The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human,” proclaimed loud and clear that recovery from mental illness is an everyday reality, and that our systems of treatment and intervention alone, are insufficient. Restoring someone with persistent mental illness to our community and keeping them there begins with reducing the stigma and ends with intentional communities of recovery.

Patrick Kennedy talks mental health at Opera House (Herald Tribune)

To a packed house at the Sarasota Opera House, former Rep. Patrick Kennedy led a discussion on the future of mental health, ranging for improvements in brain research, insurance coverage for mental health treatment and breaking the stigma of mental illness.

Institutionalized: Mental Health Behind Bars (Vice News)

America’s relationship with its mentally ill population continues to suffer as a result of inadequacies in the country’s mental health care system.

For the mentally ill in Chicago, the effects of this inadequacy are felt on a magnified scale, as budget cuts and a lack of community-based mental health resources have left these individuals with minimal support. More often than not, this means being repeatedly swept up into the criminal justice system for low-level, non-violent crimes

VICE News takes an immersive look at this issue by going inside the Cook County Jail and speaking with community members on Chicago’s south side.

How To Foster Good Mental Health In The Workplace (

The way employees think, feel, and behave can impact everything from productivity and communication to their ability to maintain safety. Promoting good mental health in the workplace could be one of the most important steps an employer could take to improve an organization.

Depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues can cost employers a lot of money. In fact, the Center for Prevention and Health Services estimates that mental illness and substance abuse issues cost employers between $79 and $105 billion annually in indirect costs. Absenteeism, decreased productivity, and increased healthcare expenses are just a few of the ways mental health problems cost employers money.

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